Grateful Dead Live at Auditorium Theatre on 1976-06-27
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Subject: Extremely mellow
The first set was very well done and Jerry’s vocals are incredible. Specifically in BEW, SOF and Might as Well he sounds just fantastic. I have long said that ’76 was the year of the ballad, but in retrospect I will say that I think ’76 was the year for Jerry’s vocals. I think it was his best year for singing. On that point I find often in shows like this and including this one that he does less soloing and the ones he does do often are not as long or a s spaced out as years before and after. I think every song in the first set was done very well, yet again, it seemed somewhat uninspired at different points. Jerry is definitely not playing with any type of urgency whatsoever. It was a very mellow and well played first set, but it sounded polished and not so improvisational imo. Jams were smaller and shorter and it seemed the focus was more on timing and cohesiveness. Just a different feel in my opinion. Often the harmonies are done a bit slower in ’76 and that leads to the dreaded JGB ’76 crawl feeling that can be induced rather easily by Donna and Jerry. At the same time they can also induce incredible smiling highs like during Might as Well harmonies. Go figure. Its ’76. That’s the best I can describe it.
The second set has two distinct Jams and the first is LIG>Drums>LIG>Rat>Samson. I enjoyed this one as I generally always do with LIG jams, and I liked the Drums in the middle. Not too much craziness from the band here yet they deliver a very nice, albeit workmanlike jam here. Nothing too far out nor was there anything here that we have not heard before. The second jam is H>S>F and what an interesting one this is. Again, very mellow with no real sense of urgency and at the same time they build this one very well, brick by brick. Slip was almost funky at parts and Frank had a little different sound as well. Very nice boys, but you need to pick it up a little. We round out things with Smags and US Blues and that is that. Show over and I am left with a pleasant smile on my face. At the same time, its almost as if I have forgotten what I have just listened to. Hmm, does that mean it was forgettable or is it just my short term memory problem? Perhaps just the lack of any standouts here is the cause. Again, good, not great.
I liked this show and I am recommending it with a asterisk*. This show is like mood music. If you are in the mood to mellow and chill, I recommend this one. This is not exactly a show that will blow your doors off. In context of ’76, good but definitely not great. Extremely mellow without really going off anywhere. That does not mean sub-par however. It means just that, even the show stoppers were kinda slow. Jerry’s vocals are sublime during this evening’s performance, and Bobby sounded great too. I give this show a B- as it is a classic slice of what was going on during 1976, even if it seems somewhat lackadaisical throughout
Subject: Great audience.
This is my first time through hearing this show for the first time, so I can't begin to rate this either on performance or recording quality, but I give the crowd a 5 for sure. :-) :-) :-)
I'm finding this a very enjoyable recording.
A big thanks to the tapers and
everyone else along the way.
Subject: Looks like rain
Subject: Good show, but 5 stars is too many...
I am confused by all the five-ratings being given. The audio source and the mic(s) are too far apart, so this show has that echoey sound to it that just is NOT 5-star quality.
Performance is 3-1/2 stars, recording is also about 3-1/2 stars, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and round up to 4 -- and that's being generous.
Subject: Superb audience recording
Well worth the download even if it's not as crisp as some of the boards out there. The playing makes up for it.
Subject: This show rules
Subject: A fine show
This show compares well to the popular 6/29 show. I'd give this one a 5 if it were soundboard. Audience fans will like the sound of this one.
Subject: Wish I could have been at this one!
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